On the 18th and 19th of June 2012 Iran and the P5+1 met in Moscow to discuss Iran’s nuclear program yet again. The participants sat down to talk 4 times in those two days, but the results could be summed up in one sentence.
The talks will continue in Istanbul on the 3rd of July, and it’ll be the nuclear experts doing the talking. The talks hit a brick wall when Iran was asked to halt its nuclear activities in view if the resolutions passed against the Islamic Republic by the UN Security Council.
Iran responded by saying it would only participate in negotiations that are based on the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, not UN resolutions.
The NPT gives all its member states, one of which is Iran, the right to peaceful nuclear technology, and the right to enrich uranium to 20 percent. In the talks Iran once again, called on the P5+1 to recognize Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear technology.
Both sides stuck to their guns unwaveringly, and the only thing that saved the proceedings from being labeled a total failure was them agreeing to further talks in Istanbul.
In the end Catherin Ashton and Saeed Jalili met the press, to report the results. Ashton said the P5+1 had asked Iran to suspend uranium enrichment to 20 %, close down it’s fordo nuclear plant, and ship the uranium it had already enriched to 20 % out of the country. She said the group would accept these steps as trust-building measures.